News India orders additional Barak-1 short-range SAMs

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SOURCE: IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Israel Aerospace Industries/Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to supply additional Barak-1 short-range surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

The contract, which is valued at INR4.6 billion (USD70.5 million), will see 131 Barak-1 shipborne, point defence missiles delivered to the Indian Navy (IN), the MoD announced in a 20 March statement. The acquisition had been cleared by the ministry in January.

In April 2017 the MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had also cleared the import of 100 Barak-1 SR-SAMs worth INR5 billion for the IN, but it is believed that no contract was signed thereafter. Prior to that, in October 2014, the MoD had signed a contract to acquire Barak-1s for the service for INR8.75 billion.